Discover how pet care company Nestlé Purina moved beyond physical boundaries to virtual reality to drive retail innovation
Nestlé Purina PetCare supplies dog food, cat food, litter, and pet care solutions to the world. With over $12 billion sales revenue, Nestlé Purina is one of the world’s leading pet care manufacturer’s and has been a forerunner in the scientific advancement of pet nutrition for over eighty years.
Nestle Purina recognized that physical build-outs of planograms, shelf ideas, and category concepts were time-consuming, required a lot of space, difficult to execute and very expensive. With the nature of the retail environment evolving at such a rapid pace, Nestlé Purina researched new and innovative technologies that kept up to speed with the changing marketplace, and that would allow them to drive better collaboration with their retail partners.
After researching new technologies and working with an array of vendors, Nestlé Purina decided to invest in virtual reality, specifically Symphony GOLD’s virtual reality technology. The technology enables them to create multiple scenarios and iterations in a fast, efficient and inexpensive manner as it's rare that a ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution meets retailer expectations. “We use the technology to engage with our customers in a new and unique way,” explains Kenny Endermuhle, Senior Manager of Retail Innovation Strategy, Nestlé Purina. “Instead of showing them PowerPoint after PowerPoint or showing them a demo that might not be to scale, we’re able to use the technology in ways that offer customized solutions and allow us to make changes over and over and over again.”
When selecting the vendor, Nestlé Purina chose the Symphony GOLD solution due to its flexibility and support they receive in building the solutions they need to dramatically improve retailer engagements. “We found that the partnership with Symphony GOLD has really worked for us, because they flex with us. … It’s been a partnership now that we’ve been building for many, many years and I don’t see it really stopping.”